We were sent copies of Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits and Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades for Nintendo DS to review as part of a blog tour from Mom Central. My review team was made up of an 8 year old (Theresa), a 22 year old (Steph) and a 25 year old (Ben).
My goal: To see if I could get these kids and adults with diverse ages and interests to actually hang out together for the afternoon.
What I didn’t expect was that there’s be screaming laughter, smiles and fierce competition. The three of them devised a competition that ANYONE would love. The winner would be crowned the Rock God or Goddess and the loser was destined to be a Roadie. The Roadie would have to WAIT ON THE ROCK GOD(DESS) for the remainder of the day. The penalty for losing included getting drinks from the fridge, cleaning the Rock God’s room, etc. – because isn’t that what roadies do?
Set Up – All 3 had a difficult time trying to get the extension pad to click in. Once it was there, no one wanted to take it off. For some reason it just wouldn’t “click” in.
Music – The songs definitely appealed to the 20 something set. I could hear the music and I KNOW that adults would like it as well. Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits has music for EVERY rocker, including indie rock and cool art rock (like Weezer, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy and more). I liked the music from the Decades game and so did Ben.
Game Play – These kids are used to playing the “regular” Guitar Hero games and using the pad took some getting used to. There’s definitely a learning curve. Ben got it very quickly, followed by Theresa – Steph gave up early in the competition.
Even on the EASY setting this game was challenging. I think that’s why Steph gave up (she doesn’t like working hard). So, this quickly became a competition between Theresa (8) and Ben (25).
Fun Factor – Judging by the laughter and the fact that this competition seemed to go on and on (neither one wanted to clean up after the other – they’re both slobs), I’d say that this game was great fun. It kept them busy for a most of the afternoon.
Notes: In order to play this game, you really have to be someplace that you won’t disturb others. You obviously need the sound in order to play and this rocking music was turned WAY up in our house.
The Final Results: Ben was crowned the Rock God. He didn’t even give Theresa a chance (you’d think that a 25 year old would LET the 8 year old win…but, NO). Theresa didn’t want to clean Ben’s room (I don’t blame her), so they worked out a deal and Theresa did one of Ben’s chores for him instead. Ben LOVED the game and he plans on playing it with friends, Steph continues to be a diva and is refusing to ever play it again (I think that she just didn’t want to lose to an 8 year old) and Theresa has challenged Ben again and again.
This game is challenging for younger kids and a LOT of fun. Just be aware that there’s a learning curve and the older kids might have an easier time with the manual dexterity.
***Guitar Hero is running a giveaway in conjunction with their Facebook Page. They’re giving away all 3 Guitar Hero games for Nintendo DS, a Nintendo DS Lite and lots MORE. The giveaway ends on July 10th, so HURRY if you’d like to try to win one.***
Don’t you just love it when the kids decide to compete over something and it works to YOUR benefit? Oh and if they’re a band like the Partridge Family, does that make me Shirley Jones?